AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is an update to a blog post I wrote earlier today about the Hillary Clinton State Department email scandal.
Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one who apparently violated federal record-keeping laws by using a personal email address for official correspondence while our nation’s top diplomat.
When Republican George W. Bush was President and Colin Powell was U.S. Secretary of State, Powell had a virtually identical email policy to the one that Hillary used when she was Secretary of State, in which Powell used a personal email account for official State Department correspondence:
Who is the first Secretary of State to have an actual “.gov” email account? Ah, that would be current Secretary of State John Kerry. This is a fact and it can’t be disputed.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell used his personal email account during his tenure. According to the State Department, then-Secretary Condoleezza Rice didn’t use email to communicate with her staff. How transparent of her. These are facts and they can’t be disputed.
That’s right…Secretaries of State appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents, George W. Bush-appointed Secretary Colin Powell and Barack Obama-appointed Secretary Hillary Clinton, have apparently violated federal record-keeping laws by using a personal email address for official State Department correspondence. Despite that, the right-wing corporate news media is attacking Hillary over this and not mentioning the fact that Powell had a virtually identical email policy when he was at the helm of the State Department.
Earlier today, I called for the U.S. Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation to determine whether or not Hillary Clinton violated federal laws, and, if she did, file charges against her and prosecute her. Now, I’m also calling for the Justice Department to investigate, and, if he violated federal laws, file charges against and prosecute, Colin Powell as well.